Radar Brothers

In 2008, Jim Putnam – the songwriter and frontman of L.A.’s Radar Brothers – was abandoned by all of his bandmates. Nonplussed, Putnam recruited a new rhythm section – bassist Be Hussey and drummer Steve Treichel – and is back on the road (the band will spend much of July opening for Modest Mouse) in support of the Brothers’ newest record, The Illustrated Garden. All the tunes on Garden hum with brightness, placing them squarely between rootsy Americana and low-fi indie pop; the stately, piano-driven “Dear Headlights” is a standout. The music has a warm, idyllic sound; it’s probably Putnam’s gentlest record yet. Good to see he’s not bitter. With Secret Highways. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Tue., June 22, 9 p.m., 2010

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